Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), and drunken driving, are just some of the names that involve drinking and driving. No matter what your jurisdiction calls drunk driving, it is the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of the legal limit. If you or a loved one have been injured by a drunk driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and additional considerations.
Accidents caused by drunk driving throughout California have the potential to cause significant harm and fatal injuries to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. In addition to the criminal penalties that these drivers may face, they may also be held civilly liable for the injuries suffered by drunk driving accident victims.
There is a high incidence of traffic accidents occurring as the result of a drunk driver. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics in 2008 there were:
- 920 fatal accidents in California where at least one driver had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or above.
- 1,029 fatal accidents in California where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.08% or above.
- 170 people were killed in California in accidents where at least one driver had a BAC between 0.01% and 0.07%.
- 1,198 total deaths caused in California where at least one driver had a BAC of 0.01% or above.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a drunk driving accident, the aftermath can be hard to deal with. In such a serious event, people can be overwhelmed by emotion and not function as they normally do.
One of your first steps in getting your life back on track is calling or emailing us to set up an appointment